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June 20th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â€“ With a campaign appreciation breakfast Tuesday, the United Way discussed upcoming changes and encouraged agencies to meet the new executive director of the United Way of Whitley County (UWWC), Cindy Baker.
Baker has only been on the job for two and a half weeks, and while she admits there is much for her to learn, she believes her compassionate nature will lead the way.
â€śI donâ€™t have to be an expert on the United Way, I have to be passionate about the United Way, and I have to be passionate about the people in this community that we serve,â€ť said Baker.
COLUMBIA CITY â€“ Due to dry conditions and a lack of rain, Columbia City recently issued a burn ban, but the County Commissioners said it is unlikely the county will see a similar ban.
Amber said in a situation such as this, the commissioners leave the decision up to the nine fire chiefs in the county to make the determination. Amber said he spoke to the president of the Whitley County Fire Association before the meeting, and he did not want a ban.
â€śThatâ€™s not to say there still arenâ€™t dangers out there,â€ť said Amber.
COLUMBIA CITY â€”Â Police are investigating a suspicious death at the residence of 1920 S. Ind. 205 Tuesday evening.
"We're still trying to figure on what went on inside the house," Hodges said.
The victim is a female in her mid-30s.
According to the police, there was an indication of a gunshot wound, but it has not been determined that the wound was the cause of death.
An autopsy is being conducted this morning (Wednesday).
COLUMBIA CITY â€“ As 52-year-old Monica Koldyke Miller flipped through the 688-page book titled â€śThreads of Betrayal,â€ť she knew it was more than a collection of words, characters and themes; it was a lifelong goal achieved.
The book was published earlier this year.
â€śIt was almost indescribable to hold the book in my hands,â€ť said Miller. â€śI canâ€™t tell you how thankful I am to all those who helped me along the way.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A local veterans group is celebrating its 10th anniversary and marked the occasion June 6 with a dinner.
The Korean War Veterans Honor Guard was formed in 2002 to provide a military burial service for veterans.
â€śThere were too many veterans passing away with no honor given for their military service, for their keeping the U.S.A. a free nation,â€ť said co-founder and commander John Slabaugh.
â€śWe formed the honor guard to pay honor for all deceased veterans.â€ť
A bumble bee eagerly flies from flower to flower at Morsches Park Saturday.
Five people from First Church of God in Columbia City are currently in Thailand and Cambodia. Through Destiny Rescue, an organization that helps to rescue women and children from human trafficking, the group will be helping at rescue homes and learning how Destiny Rescue helps the millions of victims of human trafficking. The group is set to return home June 25.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Kara Mawhorter, a Columbia City High School graduate and a senior at Ball State, could soon be named Miss Indiana.
Mawhorter has joined 31 young ladies to compete for the title in Zionsville, Ind. The competition begins Wednesday and will continue through Saturday when the crown is awarded.
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) â€” An Indiana man who admitted to fatally bludgeoning and dismembering a 9-year-old girl he was baby-sitting just days before Christmas was sentenced Monday to life in prison.
Michael Plumadore last month pleaded guilty to murder, abuse of a corpse and removing a dead body from the scene in the Dec. 22 death of Aliahna Maroney-Lemmon. Prosecutors had considered the death penalty but agreed to life in prison without the possibility of parole in exchange for the guilty plea.
Editorâ€™s note: The following is the fourth of a four-part series in honor of Fatherâ€™s Day.
COLUMBIA CITY Ââ€” Police Chief Tim Longenbaugh carries a new badge and sits in a new office.
After 10 years in the role of detective, Longenbaugh took the position of chief earlier this year.
Being the Columbia City police chief is a tall order for any person, but Longenbaughâ€™s greatest challenge is being a father to three, soon-to-be, teenagers while not allowing his job to consume every hour of his day.